Hawaii is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. Millions of people head to the Aloha State each and every year, with this part of the world being particularly popular with travelers of all backgrounds and ages due to its warm weather, unbelievable beaches, beautiful scenery, and superb water sport opportunities. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.


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There's a lot to do and see all over the Hawaiian Islands, and if you're heading down to Hawaii, there's a good chance you'll be traveling via Honolulu Airport. Honolulu is the state capital of Hawaii and is located on the island of Oahu. Honolulu Airport, also known as Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, is the main airport for the city of Honolulu and is actually one of the busiest airports in the United States due to its key geographical location as a prime gateway linking Asia, North America, and Oceania. Over 21 million passengers pass through Honolulu Airport each and every year.

While waiting around for your flight at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, you might get a little hungry or thirsty. Airport food doesn't tend to have the best reputation, but there are actually some very impressive eatery options at Honolulu Airport, so you never have to worry about going hungry here. Read on to learn all about some of the top places to eat at Honolulu Airport.

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2.Best Honolulu Airport Restaurants

Best Honolulu Airport Restaurants
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Cold Stone Cremery - Terminal 2, E Gates

Over in the E Gates area of Terminal 2 is Cold Stone Creamery. This is the perfect place to eat at Honolulu Airport if you have a sweet tooth or feel a craving coming on for something sugary and satisfying. Cold Stone Creamery makes use of only the finest ingredients to prepare a wonderful array of ice creams, shakes, smoothies, and more. The number of flavors at this place is crazy and it's always popular with children.

Atrium Bar - Terminal 2

A great place to take a load off and spend a little time while waiting for your flight, the Atrium Bar is easily accessible in Terminal 2 and features a lot of chairs and tables dotted around for customer use. You won't find any food here, but the bar does offer a huge range of microbrews from all over Hawaii, as well as some fun cocktails and other beverages.

Gordon Biersch Restaurant Brewery - Terminal 2, Gates 26-34

Over by Gates 26-34 in Terminal 2 is the Gordon Biersch Restaurant Brewery. This is a full-service, sit-down bar and restaurant. You'll find an exciting menu with a lot of different options here, mainly focused on American classics that everyone loves with some European and South American flavors and influences thrown in to liven up each dish a little. There's also a bar with a lot of great craft ales, wines, spirits, cocktails, and more, so you can spend quite a lot of time here while waiting for your flight to depart.

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3.More Honolulu Airport Restaurants

More Honolulu Airport Restaurants
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Burger King - Terminal 1, A Gates

If you've got a flight booked from Terminal 1 of Honolulu Airport and are looking for a good place to grab a quick bite, you can always rely on Burger King. The BK at Honolulu Airport is situated over by the A Gates and features the same standard menu of flame-grilled burgers we all know and love. The prices here are always great and the service is fast, so it's perfect for those moments where you don't want to wait around too long and just need something quick, tasty, and satisfying in all the right ways.

Chow Mein Express - Terminal 1 and Terminal 2

There are actually two Chow Mein Express locations to choose from at Honolulu, so it doesn't matter whether you're traveling from Terminal 1 or Terminal 2, you're never too far away from some tasty Asian cuisine. Chow Mein Express is a leading name in the casual Asian dining world, offering up a range of noodle dishes to please every palate. The prices are low and there are plenty of drinks and other options to go along with your meal.

California Pizza Kitchen - Terminal 2, Food Court

Located in the main Food Court area of Terminal 2, California Pizza Kitchen is a fun place to stop off for families, friends, and everyone else. Pizza is always a nice option to choose at an airport due to how quickly it can be made and how satisfying it is to eat. The pizzas at California Pizza Kitchen are of high quality, with a lot of options to choose from and some great meal deal options to help you save some cash.

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More Ideas: Lyon Arboretum

Situated at the top of the Manoa Valley watershed in 193.5 acres of tropical rain forest, the Lyon Arboretum in Honolulu is only five miles from busy Waikiki. The arboretum provides a scientific and cultural resource to the diverse communities of urban O'ahu. More than 5,000 taxa of sub-tropical and tropical plants can be seen through the grounds. Visitors can also enjoy hiking trails that cover more than seven miles, with elevation starting at 450 feet above sea level and rising to 1850 feet.

Lyon Arboretum offers the scientific community with numerous research opportunities, and is a significant resource for the University of Hawaii. As a community and cultural resource, the arboretum hosts around 50,000 people every year who explore its extensive plant collections and trails, as well as participate in research projects, classes, and other community activities. Its main emphases are Hawaiian ethnobotany, conservation biology, native Hawaiian plants, and tropical plants.

Nestled within the island of Oahu's Manoa Valley, the Lyon Arboretum is at the forefront of conservation biology, horticulture, and Hawaiian ethnobotany. It manages a world-renowned plant collection of over 5,000 tropical species throughout its 194 acres, works to restore and preserve the tropical forests of Hawaii, and supports the state's agriculture and horticultural industries. The arboretum's setting in a tropical rainforest makes it an ideal location for cultivating a massive diversity of plants.

The collection at the Lyon Arboretum features native Hawaiian plants, bromeliads, aroids, gingers, heliconias, and one of the largest collections of palm found in any botanical garden. Since its opening in 1972, the arboretum has established a variety of themed gardens. Near the Visitor Center, in the lower ground, are the Beatrice Krauss Hawaiian Ethnobotanic Garden, herb and spice garden, and the Native Hawaiian Garden. More adventurous hikers can explore another native Hawaiian garden, the palm collection, and the Economic Section in the upper grounds.

A variety of tours are offered to visitors at the Lyon Arboretum. Among the tour options is the self-guided tour option. The self-guided tour allows guests to discover and explore the grounds of the arboretum at their own pace. Visitors sign in at the Visitor Center and receive guides to help them choose their route. There's also a mobile app to help guests.

Another tour option is a guided tour. The guided tour is led by Arboretum Docents and lasts one hour in duration. Guided tours are offered on Wednesdays, Thursday, and Fridays at 10:00am when a docent is available. Group tours are also provided with advance notice, and are available for groups between eight and thirty in size.

In addition to tours guided and group tours, Lyon Arboretum offers field trip educational programs for school groups. There a number of specific tours available for different grades for students, each created to meet state HCPPS requirements. All guided and group tours can be arranged through the Lyon Education Office. The arboretum's mission is to foster a greater appreciation of the unique flora of the state of Hawaii and the tropics.

3860 Manoa Road, Honolulu, Hawaii, Phone: 907-274-2336


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More Ideas: Shangri La

Shangri La in Honolulu is a center for Islamic arts and cultures, providing guided tours, programs for improving understanding of the Islamic World, and residencies for artists and scholars. The site, built in 1937, was originally the Honolulu home of American philanthropist and heiress Doris Duke. Inspired by Doris Duke's travels in South Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa, the site reflects styles of architecture from Syria, Morocco, Iran, and India. The museum is designed to teach visitors about the culture of Islamic design and art through programs, tours, exhibits, community partnerships, and educational and digital initiatives.

Guided tours of Shangri La are available for by reserving a spot in advance. The tour lasts about two and a half hours in its entirety, ninety minutes being spent at Shangri La. Every tour begins and end at the Honolulu Museum of Art, from there visitors will be transported by van to Shangri La. Tickets for the tour include the transportation and admission to the permanent exhibits at the Honolulu Museum of Art as well.

The Honolulu Museum of Art acts as an orientation center for Shangri La, in partnership with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The permanent exhibit focused on Islamic art at the Honolulu Museum of Art is the Arts of the Islamic World Gallery. This exhibition showcases art from throughout the Islamic world, providing an introduction to the artwork guest will discover at Shangri La. Works displayed from the Shangri La collection at the Honolulu Museum of Art highlight the diversity of decorative and fine arts in Islamic cultures across the globe, spanning Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, and includes works in glassware, furniture, jewelry, and ceramics.

Among the works seen at Shangri La are tilework, carpets, textiles, and furnishings among others. The DDFIA collection's largest component is ceramic arts, in terms of media. Both tilework and ceramic vessels are represented in the collection, however, the clear strength of the collection is its tilework. The tilework highlights of the collection are suggestive of the domestic circumstances of Doris Duke, her desire to cover the expansive walls of her home. Four noteworthy sub-collections are Pahlavi, Qajar, Ottoman, and Ilkhanid.

Another part of the collection at Shangri La are Late-Ottoman Syrian furnishings and interiors. The museum's holdings of late-Ottoman Syrian architecture and art includes two interiors, the Syrian Room and the Damascus Room, and associated architectural elements and furnishings displayed elsewhere. The two rooms feature 18th and/or 19th century architectural elements in glass, stone, and wood. When the interiors were created, the Ottoman Empire controlled Syria, hence the name of the collection.

The works of art Doris Duke collected were often based on her desire to acquire works that could be used or displayed in her home. This desire resulted in her procurement of an array of textiles for avariety of functional purposes. She acquired Spanish, Indian, and Persian carpets for floor coverings, Turkish and Persian velvets for vitrines d├ęcor, Indian and Egyptian appliques to block glaring sunlight, and Central Asian embroideries for coverings walls and couches.

4055 Papu Circle, Honolulu, Hawaii, Phone: 808-734-1941

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More Ideas: Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives

Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives is committed to the preservation and interpretation of the stories of the American Protestant Missionaries, as well as their descendants. These stories connect with contemporary life, and encourage a deeper appreciation for and understanding of the complex history that has shaped Hawaii and continues to shape the state. The site was designated in 1965 as a National Historic Landmark.

The historic site contains three restored houses. Two of these houses are the oldest ones in the state of Hawaii. Also included are research archives that offer unique insight into the Hawaii of the nineteenth century onsite, as well as online. Educational programs expand the positive impact and relevance of the historic site on the community. There is also a gift shop and an orientation center onsite that further enhance the visitor experience.

In 1923, the Hawaiian Mission Children's Society, a genealogical society and non-profit group, established the Hawaiian Mission Houses. These houses consist of the three restored houses on display at the historic site. The houses acted as workplaces and homes for the Christian missionaries who first came to Hawaii, and include the 1821 Mission House, the Chamberlain House, and the Printing Office.

The 1821 Mission House is the longest standing house on the Hawaiian Islands in its original spot of land. In 1820, it was transported from Boston, and then constructed in 1821. The house served as a shared home for several missionary families. It was also shared with boarders and island visitors.

The Hawaiian Islands' second oldest house is the Chamberlain House. Like with the Mission House, it is also still in its original spot. The house is named after Levi Chamberlain, the first secular agent at the Mission in Hawaii. Chamberlain contracted for the structure, with the purpose of it acting as a storehouse to be built in 1831. Coral blocks from the ocean reef were used to build the house. It was possible for Chamberlain to create a plan from this location for the distribution of provisions throughout the Sandwich Islands Mission in its entirety. The house now acts as the orientation exhibit of the historic site.

The third house at the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site is the Printing Office. This building was also constructed using coral blocks and was finished in 1841. Within the house is a reproduction of Hawaii's first printing press. Originally used as a bedroom addition by visitors and missionary families, the structure is now interpreted as the first print shop built in the area. Several of the earliest printed materials and books in Hawaii were produced in the no longer existing print shop. The exhibit inside the house illustrates how the native Hawaiians and early missionaries worked together to produce numerous books, as well as other printed items, first printed in the native Hawaiian language.

The collection core of the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives is comprised of family heirlooms that were collected by the Hawaiian Mission Children's Society. These items offer valuable insights into the lives of Americans during the nineteenth century. Other objects in the collection were crafted by locals, or received as gifts from visiting sea captains or Hawaiian royalty.

553 South King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii, Phone: 808-447-3910


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